Until MS forces OEMs to sell a clean copy of Windows with zero third-party crapware, I won't even consider it.
So let me get this straight. You'll install linux on bare metal without any complaint, but if you had to do that for another OS it would be reason enough that you won't even consider it.
How is that not hypocrisy?
. I've been a Linux user since 1998, and since then, have seen no compelling reason
Good for you. From programming my harmony remote, to running quickbooks, to watching netflix, to Microsoft Office, to playing many of the games I like there are lots of compelling reasons that keep me running windows on at least some of my computers.
Fact is, when you buy a new Windows PC, it's largely unusable what with all the Kaptalistic crapware and bloat already bringing the system down below peak performance.
Fact is, that's not even true. There's plenty of decent OEMs and venders out there. Plus whitebox system builders. Plus the fact that if your reinstalling the OS anyway, you can do the exact custom windows install you want just about as easily as any Linux distro.
This is a black eye for the Windows brand.
Android phones ship with all kinds of shit pre-installed by OEMs too. Even the google nexus -- given that I even consider stuff like "Hangouts" and the "gmail app" to be unwanted bloat.